Take a look through the questions and answers below, if we've missed something please feel free to contact us at info@epic-grind.com we'll get back to you with an answer.

What is the Medical K9 Heros?

Please visit our friends at Medical K9 Heros website to learn more about Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) and the wonderful work they are doing.

Read about Keagan and his family on the DADs tab.


Are there parking fees at the Epic Grind?

Yes. $8.00. Good News! 100% of these fees are split between Scoggins Valley Resivoir and Medical K9 Heros.

Is The Epic Grind a Mud Race?

No. The Epic Grind is not a Mud Race, it is an obstacle style running race designed to challenge your strength, stamina, and mental focus on your choice of courses; either 5k or 10k, with both natural and man-made obstacles positioned throughout the course. The race takes place in the great outdoors, so if it has rained, you may get dirty or muddy. The Epic Grind does not take place on a groomed field; you will be running on technical trails, hills, in open terrain, through wooded areas and even over water.

Is the Epic Grind Safe?

Yes. There are certainly risks involved in an obstacle course race, but we have taken every precaution possible to get you to the finish safely. There will be trainers on site in case of an emergency; this is a challenging race that involves your choice of a 5K or 10K distance, running and difficult obstacles so please understand your personal limitations and have a great time.

Is the Epic Grind Race Timed?


What are the goods?

  1. Free Oregon craft beer*
  2. A very cool, very real pint glass you'll actually be able to re-use
  3. A great event t-shirt
  4. Post-race snack
  5. Access to our vendor pavilion
  6. The ability to say you competed in the great Epic Grind event!
Additional beer, wine and food items will be available for purchase on race day for racers and spectators over 21. Our vendor pavilion will have food choices available.

*One beer is included for each participant who is of legal age to consume alcohol.

PLEASE remember to Be Responsible - do not drink and drive.

Can I bring friends and family to watch?

Absolutely! – You'll want them at the event to cheer you on. They will want to be there too, we have something up our sleeve for them this year!

Do we get to wear a crazy costume and run barefoot through the woods, etc.?

Costumes are a fun idea, after all it is a crazy race, and you're good to go. Please wear shoes so others don't see your bloody toenails. Keep your capes under control; we wouldn't want you to lose your flying skills because your costume got snagged in an obstacle.

What should I wear?

There's no way around it – you're going to get dirty by the time you're finished. You will may get a bit wet, too. Wear clothes or a costume you don't mind getting sweaty, dirty, muddy or soggy.

We highly recommend good, solid running shoes and perhaps hand protection, too. Bring a towel, garbage bag or change of clothes for your car for the drive home.

Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?

Yes. When you arrive at registration you will be given a race packet with a waiver, you must sign before you will be given your race band and t-shirt. Please take the time to read your waiver before you sign it. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian will have to sign for you.

Can I get a refund?

No. We do not issue refunds under any circumstances; however, we will transfer your registration up to 4 weeks before the start of the event. Please send an email with your contact information to info@epic-grind.com. But rest assured, your funds go toward supporting someone truly in need by supporting Medical K9 Heros.

Where is packet pickup?

Packet pick-up is at the registration booth at Boat Ramp 'C' covered pavilion, next to the start finish areas. All participants check in on race day. Please allow enough time for packet pick up prior to your heat start time.

Included in your packet is a race bib with safety pins, waiver, super cool t-shirt, beer mug token, and any other bling we may have for you.

So just how do I train for THE EPIC GRIND?

  1. Run and run using the Fartlek method to improve stamina.
  2. Incorporate a bunch of climbing, jumping & crawling activities.
  3. Every other day: add in more urgency to your workout.
Seriously, your best bet is to do plenty of running leading up to the race. If you're not in good shape, it may take you a bit longer to finish, just keep telling yourself you've got to get to that beer!

What if I'm terrified of a specific obstacle? Can I still participate?

You are expected to complete each of our obstacles. If you're unable to complete an obstacle you may choose to bypass it, although you'll be missing the opportunity to face your demons.

Will there be water drinking stations along the way?

Yes. There are two water stations a near the half-way point on the course, plus there are water fountains.

Can I bring my dog?

Um, if you want our Big Blue Monster to eat it; just kidding, but in all seriousness, make sure you have someone else to take care of Fido while you're racing. Plus leashes and poopbags are prerequesite throughout the park.

Medical K9 Heros DADs (Diabetic Alert Dogs) will be on site during the event. Stop by to learn more about what awesome pups DADs are.

Can I register by mail or phone?

No. Registration for all events online through Ultra SignUp website. Day of Race Registration is cash only and available providing the time slot is not filled.

What is the deadline for registration?

Registration is limited to 1,000 participants. The online deadline for registration is September 27, 2013, but register early. If there is room on race day, you could register then, but there are no guarantees on space and day-of registrants are first-come-first-serve on any remaining super cool t-shirts. Note: Any participant registering online after September 26th may have their t-shirt mailed to them after the race.

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